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    I am allergic to Wheat and My husband has Celiac's disease. Being wheat free is not an issue for us, but subjecting our children to that with their picky diets was tough. They are 6 and 3. My son has always been an emotional kid, but as he has gotten older he has these breakdowns that are just not normal for a 6 year old. We took away wheat they went away. We tested him for allergies and celiacs, both negative. Can wheat affect his personality? Is there a specialist we should see. Any insight would be wonderful. I am doing Paleo now and my IBS and allergies are slowly fading. They suspected Leaky Gut and SIBO.

    Thank you,
    Kim

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    Nora Gedgaudas is a good resource for this. Listen to her free podcasts and read Primal Body, Primal Mind.

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    • #3
      Maybe with your son, it was as much taking wheat away as it was replacing it with something he might have been lacking before, which had a positive effect?

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      • #4
        Tests for allergy for Celiac are not 100% reliable, they often give false negatives or are testing for a response that is different than what is being experience by the patient. If all other things remain the same, the proof is in what you experienced. You took away the wheat and the behavioral issues went away. There are many people that have sensitivities to foods (corn is the one I am most familiar with), that affect the nervous system in extreme ways. Avoiding the trigger and striving for a healthy diet are the best ways to deal with the situation. I am unaware of any specialist that would attempt to address this issue.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Colloid View Post
          Tests for allergy for Celiac are not 100% reliable, they often give false negatives or are testing for a response that is different than what is being experience by the patient. If all other things remain the same, the proof is in what you experienced. You took away the wheat and the behavioral issues went away. There are many people that have sensitivities to foods (corn is the one I am most familiar with), that affect the nervous system in extreme ways. Avoiding the trigger and striving for a healthy diet are the best ways to deal with the situation. I am unaware of any specialist that would attempt to address this issue.

          Colloid
          Colloid, I think I love you... Yes!!

          I have two kids with wheat/gluten/all grains in general problems, depending on the kid in question. I have chased down every high-powered doc (we have always had good insurance), subjected them to endoscopies, blood tests, exams, stool samples, allergy testing, you name it. In the end, what really did the trick was just relying on slow, careful experimentation at home, and trusting that what I saw was valid.

          If you see the end of emotional breakdowns without wheat - so be it. If you haven't read "Wheat Belly" yet, please do. I read it long after I took my kids off of wheat, but it had a perspective and information that was new to me, and I like new information.

          As for behavioral stuff in our house - out with the grains, out with hitting and involuntary eyes-rolling-around-in-their-sockets - and I mean that literally.
          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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          • #6
            Taking wheat out of my 8 year old daughter's diet resulted in no more tantrums, no more huffing and puffing about having to help out, and less fighting with her sister. Oh, and way less tears about seemingly inconsequential things. She still eats some grains (quinoa and rice) without the emotional issues cropping back up. Seems to be a reaction to wheat/gluten.

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            • #7
              I know that when I went grainfree, my husband noticed that things I used to blow up at I just laugh about now. I see no reason that it wouldn't hold true for a child as well.
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              • #8
                Most doctors would rather just give kids ritalin
                "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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                • #9
                  My youngest daughter had pretty bad behavioural problems until she was diagnosed as non-coeliac gluten intolerant at the age of 5. So yes, I do believe that if there is an improvement with no grains, then keep your son off them!

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                  • #10
                    This is a good blog to learn more about this topic
                    Evolutionary Psychiatry

                    Lots of different posts bout diet and mental wellness/illness...

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                    • #11
                      As an adult I can say that grains dramatically effected my personality. I have been off of all grains now for over a month and here are my observations:

                      1. Less moody.
                      2. No more inexplicable depression.
                      3. No more negative thoughts for no apparant reason.
                      4. Less agressive and angry.
                      5. No more thoughts of wanting to "die and get it over with."
                      6. Better energy and social enjoyment.

                      That's me as an adult, I'm sure as a kid it would probably be the much the same for me anyway.

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                      • #12
                        I wonder what I would have turned out to be if my mom never ruined my childhood with bread. Could have amounted to so much more...
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                          I wonder what I would have turned out to be if my mom never ruined my childhood with bread. Could have amounted to so much more...
                          You can talk to us here when a child in your care is having real problems and the answers are eluding you. Otherwise, it would behoove you to shut up and really listen. You might actually learn something. Or at least you might be struck with a glimmer of empathy.
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • #14
                            Sorry, no empathy here, I just ate grains.

                            Seriously though, it's not unlikely the abrasive fibers are causing serotonin to circulate in the blood. In which case, yes, removing grains would cause an improvement in your child's mood.
                            Last edited by Derpamix; 01-24-2013, 10:16 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                              Sorry, no empathy here, I just ate grains.
                              That does explain a lot about you.
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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